The secret is out! Painting your roof white will benefit your home, your pocket, and the environment.
Here in the Bay Area, we are all about being green, so why not paint our roofs white!
According to the Secretary of Energy of the United States and winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics, Steven Chu:
“Painting roofs white or another light color would help to reduce global warming by reflecting sunlight back into space. It would be like removing every vehicle from the planet for 11 years.”
Painting your roof white is also home functional and environmentally friendly.
White color projects the solar irradiation. If you paint your roof white or any other light color, it will be reflecting sunlight, which would reduce the heat that your house absorbs and you would enjoy cooler and fresher inner spaces.
Your pocket will thank you
By reducing the amount of heat accumulated in your home, the consumption of energy used on air conditioning decreases significantly. That will lower energy bills, and you can allocate that money to other things.
Ok, so we’ve detailed the benefits when painting your roof white. But nobody ever explains how to do it.
Can you use any paint? Should it be a DIY project or should you hire a professional?
Before deciding to paint your roof white, at Bay 101 Roofing, we recommend you consider the following:
What is your roof made of?
Not all roofs are the same. Therefore each requires special treatment. If you want to paint your roof white, you must identify the type of roofing materials with which it was built.
How big is your roof?
The dimensions of the roof are essential. It is a crucial factor in determining how much money you will spend on paint.
When defining the budget, you must take into account the number of squares your roof has.
A square is the amount of roofing material required to cover 100 square feet (10’x10’) of the roof surface.
For example, a house measuring 30 by 50 feet on the ground will have approximately 20 squares of roofing shingles that you should paint. Roof inclination also influences the amount of paint you will need to buy.
What is your budget?
In general, the type of paint used for roofs is costly and difficult to access. In most cases, you will need to order the paint; this can increase the cost.
The cost will depend on the type of paint you choose. For example, for a 2,000 square foot roof you might end up spending between $525 and $735, this isn’t including shipping.
Painting the roof of your house white can become a complicated decision. However, it is essential to consider each of the benefits that it comes with.
We hope that this post helps you when deciding whether you should paint your roof white or not. Although we don’t do roof painting, we do want to help Bay Area families save money and also take care of the environment.
If you have any questions, we are happy to help. Contact Us.